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2018 Apple iPhones to be reportedly cheaper than last year's models; LCD model to outsell OLED models

Besides three new iPhones, Apple is also said to have a few more interesting products in pipeline.

  • Published: June 27, 2018 10:33 AM IST
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It’s widely expected that Apple will be launching three iPhones that all look like last year’s iPhone X. These include a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus, and a 6.1-inch LCD model. While we are a couple of months away from an unveiling, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared some interesting insights about the least expensive LCD model.

Kuo claims that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will be the most popular of the three iPhones launching this year. The primary reason being it will bring an iPhone X-like design at an iPhone 8-like price, 9To5Mac reports. In other words, this model will boast a full-screen design with a notch at the top. To keep prices low, Apple is likely to drop 3D Touch, and opt for a single rear camera. This is in line with what we saw in a recent case leak.

Kuo says that this model will be priced around the $600-700 (approximately Rs 41,000-47,900) mark. This is reiterated by Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, who says that prices for the LCD model will start anywhere between $699-769 (approximately Rs 47,800-52,650).

Huberty further claims that all three iPhones are likely to be priced lower compared to last year’s models, Marketwatch reports. Prices for the 5.8-inch OLED model are likely to start from $899 (approximately Rs 61,500), while the premium iPhone X Plus will be available from $999 (approximately Rs 68,400).

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Kuo further says that mass production this year is bound to be more difficult compared to last year since all three iPhones will feature the full-screen design. That said, the analyst still believes that the smartphones will be ready in time for a launch in September.

While all eyes are no doubt on the upcoming iPhones, Apple is said to have a few more new products up its sleeves. In line with recent reports, Kuo confirms that Apple is indeed working on a cheaper MacBook Air, new iPad Pro models boasting Face ID feature, and next-generation Apple Watches with larger displays.

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  • Published Date: June 27, 2018 10:33 AM IST